Massachusetts Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

MA entrepreneurs fear local resistance, fees will hinder recreational cannabis rollout

Massachusetts’ recreational marijuana program is set to launch July 1, but cannabis business executives in the state predict that fewer than a dozen retail marijuana stores will be ready to open. “It’s going to take 18 to 24 months until there’s a robust retail marketplace,” David Torrisi, president of the Commonwealth Dispensary Association, told The […]

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Marijuana industry trade group to launch in Massachusetts

When it launches this month, the Massachusetts Cannabis Business Association aims to focus on issues that marijuana industry stakeholders can unite around, rather than issues that divide them. The trade group, scheduled to launch May 15, was conceived by Boston law firm Smith, Costello and Crawford, according to The Boston Globe. The Massachusetts Cannabis Business Association […]

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Falling property values behind suit targeting Massachusetts medical cannabis dispensary

Falling property values: That’s why a group of businesses say they are suing a neighboring medical marijuana dispensary in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Boston 25 News reported that Harvard Square business owners claim the cannabis store is driving down property values by millions of dollars. Healthy Pharms, the Cambridge store, is a medical marijuana shop, but because this case […]

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Applications coming in for Massachusetts recreational cannabis licenses

Massachusetts regulators have received 19 applications for recreational marijuana licenses and more than 150 are in the submission process. The Worcester Business Journal reported that the Cannabis Control Commission has less than 40 days to issue its first adult-use cannabis permit. Here’s what you need to know: According to the director of the commission, 19 […]

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800-plus recreational marijuana businesses seek priority licensing in Massachusetts

Massachusetts regulators are allowing would-be recreational cannabis businesses to submit applications for priority certification, and so far more than 800 firms have done so – a sign of strong demand for rec licenses. Receiving priority certification “allows certain businesses to apply for a license now, rather than waiting until May 1 or June 1,” MassLive.com […]

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Marijuana companies face new regulations, oversight tied to water use

With summer looming, marijuana growers from California to Massachusetts will confront untried regulations and potentially greater enforcement of water-related rules. The development is likely to spread as more states legalize cannabis, presenting MJ growers with additional regulatory oversight and costs. State and local water officials in California – where regulators and growers are trying a […]

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Massachusetts gets 218 recreational cannabis applicants on first day

Massachusetts companies that want to operate retail marijuana stores in Massachusetts submitted a whopping 218 applications on the first day businesses could apply for recreational MJ business permits. The applicants are seeking priority certification that will give them a place in line when the actual licensing process begins April 17, MassLive.com reported. Priority certification was available for […]

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MA application process for recreational marijuana retailers opens

Massachusetts medical marijuana dispensaries hoping to also do business in the recreational market can begin applying for licenses April 2.

According to TV station WCVB, under the Cannabis Control Commission’s final rules, which went into effect Thursday, the state is offering “priority certification” to operating MMJ dispensaries that want to operate adult-use stores and prospective marijuana businesses that seek to operate in low-income or minority communities that were disproportionately affected by the so-called war on drugs.

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Massachusetts’ recreational marijuana market offers opportunities, pitfalls aplenty

Massachusetts’ looming recreational marijuana market has the potential to be one of the most prosperous in the nation.

Under rules finalized this month, cannabis entrepreneurs face no license caps for an assortment of business categories, edibles and many other goods are permitted, and there are opportunities to build a brand.

But applicants seeking to set up shop when the Bay State’s adult-use industry opens this summer will face a gauntlet of requirements that have already derailed scores of aspiring medical marijuana businesses.

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Massachusetts sets new rules that limit energy use by marijuana growers

Massachusetts’ marijuana industry is up in arms over new regulations designed to limit the amount of electricity that growers can use. According to The Boston Globe, the Cannabis Control Commission’s final rules for the recreational marijuana industry cap electricity use at 36 watts per square foot of cultivation space. It’s an unusual step for state regulators. […]

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Massachusetts finalizes recreational cannabis regulations

Massachusetts got closer Tuesday to making recreational marijuana sales in the state a reality this summer after the approval of final regulations for MJ companies. The state Cannabis Control Commission voted unanimously in support of the rules, Boston radio station WBUR reported. The regulations have been in the works for months. Commission chairman Steve Hoffman told […]

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